A bitter and protracted battle for Tennessee’s Ninth Congressional District is heating up this summer between former Harold Ford, Jr. campaign manager and corporate attorney Nikki Tinker , and incumbent Congressman Steve Cohen.
Congressman Cohen took the majority black congressional seat after a bitter primary battle which saw the black vote splintered by more than five serious black candidates. Some quarters in the community are less than thrilled by Cohen’s representation and are encouraging this re-match.
The general election was a match between Cohen and a younger brother of Harold Ford, Jr. for the seat. The younger Ford showed himself to be out of his league, unprepared, and lacking the necessary skills to make his candidacy viable. He resorted to unnecessary racial appeals and homophobia in a failed attempt to keep this seat in the family.
Ms. Tinker announced her long rumored intention to file for a re-match and the battle looks to be joined. Black rivals to the Ford family emerged last year to back Cohen in the form of Shelby County Mayor Wharton and Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.
Since then, both Herenton and Wharton have been seriously damaged politically by scandal. This race looks like one to watch because it parallells in intersting ways the Obama vs. Hillary match up.